ITM Cup Finals review

Tasman celebrate

Well… that’s that!  The ITM Cup has officially come to a close for another year!  In 2013 ALL ITM Cup & Heartland Championship trophies went to Crusader feeder teams – Canterbury won the premiership title, Tasman the championship title, while Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury took out the two trophies in the Heartland Championship.  Of […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Semi and Final

Canterbury v Auckland

The ITM Cup semi finals were all high scoring games and some excellent rugby was on show.  The results were all as predicted and have set the scene for two very exciting games this weekend. And what exactly were those results? Semi final review   Wellington 41 v Counties Manukau 10 Tries Wellington 6 – […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 9

Counties Manukau v Southland

Round nine was the final round robin round of the ITM Cup and it has to be said that some of the best rugby was saved for last.  There were two big upsets, one of which decided who has home team advantage in the semi finals this weekend, and there were also a couple of […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 8

Canterbury v Counties Manukau

Week eight of the ITM Cup did not disappoint and as with most weeks there were some big scorelines and surprising upsets.  Premiership semi finalists were decided (Wellington, Canterbury, Auckland and Counties Manukau) but one championship semi final spot is still up for grabs and the  team to join Tasman,  Hawke’s Bay and Otago in […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 7

Milford Keresoma Canty v Manawatu

Round seven was again characterised by some big scorelines and was punctuated by spectacular individual performances, along with a big upset or two.  One of which I do not want to talk about.  But for the sake of keeping things fair, I will. So what went down? Round seven review   Canterbury 72 v Manawatu […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 6

auckland v northland

Round six was dominated by big match ups, injuries, douchebaggery and a few big scorelines.  For the second week in a row Counties Manukau defeated the challengers and held onto the Ranfurly Shield. I give you week six of the ITM Cup…   Round six review Bay of Plenty 25 v Southland 33 Tries  Bay […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 5

Wellington v Bay of Plenty

Week five of the ITM Cup provided a couple of big upsets, a whole lot of tries and for once the Ranfurly Shield stayed put. Here is what went down. Round five review Taranaki 23 v Hawke’s Bay 10 Tries  Taranaki 2 – Hawke’s Bay 1 In what were atrocious conditions Taranaki pulled off a […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 4

auckland v counties manukau

Week four of the ITM Cup went as one imagined it would.  Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury secured big wins, Taranaki lost and the Ranfurly Shield changed hands for the third time this season. Here is how it went down. Round four review Auckland 22 v Counties Manukau 20 Tries  Auckland 1 – Counties Manukau 2 […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 3

counties v tasman

Week three of the ITM Cup wasn’t full of upsets like I had imagined it would be, but some margins did surprise and as with the previous two weeks there were some big scores! Oh.  And the Ranfurly Shield changed hands.  Again. Round three review Wellington 35 v North Harbour 27 Tries  Wellington 4 – […]

ITM Cup round up and preview: Wk 2

Otago v Waikato

Week two of the ITM Cup went as one would expect – lots of tries and no major upsets – unless you are a Waikato fan.  Here is how it all went down…   Round two review North Harbour 14 v Counties Manukau 44 Tries North Harbour 1 – Counties Manukau 5 Last week Counties […]